trench foot


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im·mer·sion foot

a condition resulting from prolonged exposure to damp and cold; the extremity is initially cold and anesthetic, but on rewarming becomes hyperemic, paresthetic, and hyperhidrotic; recovery is often slow.
Synonym(s): trench foot

trench foot

n.
A condition of the foot resembling frostbite, caused by prolonged exposure to cold and dampness and often affecting soldiers in trenches.

trench foot

Etymology: OFr, trenchier, to cut; AS, fot
a condition of moist gangrene of the foot caused by the freezing of wet skin.
A condition described in World War I in soldiers in the trenches, whose feet were damp and exposed to near-freezing temperatures for prolonged periods, which caused acral vasoconstriction and heat loss; the resulting ischaemia unchains a vicious cycle of necrosis, endothelial damage, intravascular ‘sludging’ of cells, extravasation of protein and fluid, resulting in increased ischaemia; the prolonged cold is followed by vasodilation, burning pain and paresthesiae with formation of haemorrhagic blebs or gangrene, accompanied by cellulitis, lymphangitis, swelling, thrombophlebitis, and persistent hypersensitivity to cold with secondary Raynaud phenomenon
Management Slow warming of foot; if the tissue is warmed too rapidly, reactive hyperthermia, blistering and possibly thrombosis

trench foot

A condition described in World War I in soldiers in the trenches, whose feet were damp and exposed to near-freezing temperatures for prolonged periods, which caused acral vasoconstriction and heat loss; the
prolonged cold is followed by vasodilation, burning pain and paresthesiae with formation of hemorrhagic blebs or gangrene, accompanied by cellulitis, lymphangitis, swelling, thrombophlebitis, and persistent hypersensitivity to cold with 2º Raynaud's phenomenon Management Slow warming of foot. See Immersion foot.

trench foot

See IMMERSION FOOT.

immersion foot

; trench foot skin maceration, and overall deterioration of skin integrity and function due to prolonged immersion; cold-water immersion causes reduced perfusion of superficial tissues, mottling/pallor, numbness, ulceration and even ischaemic gangrene; warm-water immersion causes painful maceration, with blisters and superficial opportunistic infections
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